Eliminate Cough Syncope as an explanation to road traffic collisions
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**Lets get this loophole out of the law!!**
Back in 2015 on the 7th October I lost my Dad in a fatal “accident” and nearly lost my cousin who is now suffering life-changing injuries. A 20-ton lorry crossed the centre of the road onto the side my Dad was travelling on. The lorry driver claimed he experienced cough syncope (coughing fit which results in loss of consciousness). This can commonly occur in people with severe chronic obstructive lung disease and asthma. The lorry driver had a full medical and was in generally good health, not intoxicated and was driving within the 50mph speed limit. Cough syncope cannot be proven and therefore was based on the “probability” that he lost consciousness by 3 different medical experts. This leaves a massive loophole in the law. There are many things in the CPS report that don’t add up and because there wasn’t enough evidence, the CPS declined taking it to court. The lorry driver has not been prosecuted. I know this won’t bring back my Dad or change the decision in his case but by signing this petition you could help raise awareness to the government and stop this happening to other families in the future.
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